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Top 10 Marathons Worldwide

Top 10 Marathons Around the World

Ready, set, run! Long distance ladies have a plethora of options when it comes to picking their marathon sites. While Boston and New York City marathons seem to hold the highest esteem stateside, there are some other major races that take place around the world. Based on the number of runners, I've compiled a list of the top 10 marathons from around the world.

While I'm not jumping to the starting line, I wouldn't mind cheering on from the sidelines from any one of these fabulous spots. If I do decide to ever run the 26.2 miles, I think Paris might be my first choice. I imagine it would be quite magical to jog past Notre Dame, the Louvre and ending up at the Arc de Triomphe. When all is said and done, I could treat myself to a baguette with brie. Then again a stein at a German bierhaus doesn't sound like a terrible way to celebrate either.

Which of the top 10 suits your running fancy most?

  1. New York City — 43,660 participants
  2. London — 36,549 participants
  3. Berlin — 35,035 participants
  4. Chicago — 33,703 participants
  5. Paris — 30,976 participants
  6. Tokyo — 30,182 participants
  7. Boston — 22,540 participants
  8. Marine Corps in Washington DC — 20,882 participants
  9. Walt Disney World Orlando — 16,933 participants
  10. Hamburg — 15,147 participants
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Hotlegs-Runner Hotlegs-Runner 5 years
I wonder why Athens Marathon isn't so popular. I mean, how cool is that to be able to run at the "original" marathon =) ♥.•:*¨*:•.♥
bethiesny bethiesny 5 years
Where did this list come from? What were the criteria to make the list? I've raced in Nashville, Austin, New Orleans, and Rochester, NY. Marathons in the Rock and Roll series are a blast!
amber512 amber512 5 years
If I ever train for one, I'll definitely travel down south to do that one! It looks like fun.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 5 years
Thanks, runningesq! @Amber512 - While it's not one of the world's biggest, I highly recommend the Nike Women's Marathon. It's on the West Coast & the last part is even along the ocean :)
amber512 amber512 5 years
Bummer that none of them are on the West coast!
runningesq runningesq 5 years
Have fun, chloe! I've heard it's an amazing race! I ran Marine Corps a few years ago and had a blast - it's a beautiful race.. and all the volunteers are Marines :)
sonnic34 sonnic34 5 years
I have done the Chicago and the Disney and both are really great races. I have also done the Florence (Italy) marathon, which was awesome. I have to agree that Paris would be my next top choice if I could select anywhere, Paris is my favorite city. Berlin would be beautiful as well.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 5 years
I'm running the NYC Marathon this November! Soooo excited!!
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